Do you fear the signs of aging are going to catch up with you too soon? With a little forethought, you can minimize pesky wrinkles and lines that creep up in your mid-20s and escalate well into adulthood. Wrinkle prevention is the best way to keep your face looking fresh, but adopting these practices after aging takes its toll provides drastic benefits as well.
How Do Wrinkles Form?
When we’re younger, the skin rejuvenates and springs back despite environmental toxins, dehydration and UV rays. But as we get older, the skin thins and loses its elasticity through general wear, becoming less resilient in fighting off outside environmental and lifestyle factors. Thus, wrinkles, creases and lines form – particularly on areas most often exposed to sunlight, such as the face. UV light in particular breaks down the collagen and elastin fibers underneath the skin’s surface that make up the connective tissue. Once the tissue is broken, skin flexibility deteriorates.
Wrinkle Prevention in Three Steps
One of the biggest reasons skin loses its ability to bounce back is due to a lack of moisture. As a key wrinkle prevention strategy, apply a heavy-duty night cream and daily moisturizer with sunscreen. Using both formulas each day and night allows your epidermis to counteract some of the natural dehydration that occurs beneath the skin’s surface. Creams are absorbed into the skin, making facial movements less strenuous even though the skin isn’t as naturally elastic. Hydrating your skin with topical creams also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. For the daytime, incorporate a broad-spectrum sunscreen that combats both UV-A and UV-B sun rays into your daily routine.
Essential Fats & Oils
Fat may get a bad reputation, but these macronutrients are essential – especially in wrinkle prevention. While overeating leads to excess fatty tissue buildup – particularly around the waist, hips and thighs – maintaining a balanced diet with healthy fats in mind is key. Monounsaturated fats, like those found in avocados, promote good cholesterol levels while lowering the bad lipoproteins (LDLs) which clog arteries and increase your risk of stroke or heart attack. If you’re looking for cooking alternatives without compromising taste or texture, coconut oil holds medium-chain fatty acids that are easy for the body to digest, meaning they are more difficult to store on your waistline. And, omega-3 rich foods like Salmon are essential to the diet because the human body doesn’t produce these acids on its own. Not only are fats and oils necessary for longevity and overall wellbeing, they keep your skin looking fresh. In 1929, a study by scientists George and Mildred Burr showed that rats who were on no-fat diets developed scaly and inflamed skin, showing more water loss than those that did not. Upon reintroducing essential fatty acids back into their diets, the rats’ skin ailments diminished. Therefore, keeping the “good” fats integrated into your diet, such as those found in coconut oil, avocados and fish, may help curb aging skin. Fish fatty acids also contain DHA and EPA, which helps protect the skin against radiation, helping to delay the aging process.
Wrinkles, in some form, are inevitable. Our bodies are meant to age and even the most regimented routine won’t allow you to look 21 again. When aging progresses, topical treatments and dermal fillers can help. Dr. Mariano Busso, a highly-regarded and experienced Miami aesthetic dermatologist, offers numerous procedures to minimize wrinkles and fine lines. If you’re just getting started on wrinkle treatment, consider our microdermabrasion procedure that gently exfoliates damaged, tired cells off the skin’s surface to reveal a fresh layer of skin underneath. We also offer various dermal fillers, including Juvéderm Voluma, an FDA-approved injectable gel used to restore volume and smoothness on the face, neck, hands and chest. The results are instant and natural-looking, benefitting patients of all ages seeking a fuller and more youthful appearance.
Schedule with Dr. Busso
To schedule with Dr. Busso to discuss wrinkle concerns, the aging process and minimally invasive procedure that can help restore volume loss, reach us at 305-857-0144 or book your appointment online.